Culture shock. Homesickness. Exams. Language struggles.

When you’re an international student, stress and anxiety can come from many sources. It may become difficult to focus on your studies and to enjoy your time in the U.S. Though you’re busy, it’s important to make time to care of yourself. When you reduce your stress, you can get the most out of your study abroad experience.

1. Talk to other students

You are not the only student who feels stressed out. Chat between classes or have coffee with a classmate. If you share your feelings and experiences, you’ll feel less alone.

2. Get involved

When you’re active, you feel more satisfied. Look for ways to become a part of your new community. Join a sports club, volunteer at an animal shelter, or find other ways to meet people. (Here are 50 places to meet Americans!)

3. Enjoy touches of home

Of course, you want to practice English a lot. At the same time, reminders of home can make you feel happier. Enjoy your favorite music from home. Cook a favorite comfort food. Schedule regular Skype calls with friends and family in your country.

4. Take care of your body

It’s easy for any student to stay up too late, eat too much fast food, and neglect exercise. However, if your body is healthy, you can handle stress better. Try to get enough sleep, eat mostly healthy foods, and get a little exercise on most days.

5. Ask for help

If you’re struggling with a lot stress or unhappiness, please talk to a staff member. We can give you more specific advice for your problems to help you to find the help you need. At IEI, you are part of our family, and we want to help you succeed!

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